Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906

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Boston businessman.

From the description of Correspondence, 1850-1899. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19105740

Army officer and merchant.

From the description of Nathan Appleton papers, 1850-1904 (bulk 1876-1902). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79455083

Biographical Note

  • 1843, Feb. 2: Born, Boston, Mass.
  • 1863: Graduated, Harvard College, Cambridge Mass. Commissioned junior second lieutenant of the Fifth Massachusetts Battery, Light Artillery, United States Volunteers
  • 1864: Severely wounded in battle on the North Anna River in Virginia Resignation from army accepted; discharged for wounds
  • 1864 - 1865 : Visited Europe
  • 1865: Became volunteer aide-de-camp to Brigadier General C. S. Wainwright, commander of the Artillery Brigade of the Fifth Army Corps Brevetted captain to rank for gallantr
  • 1869: Toured northern Europe, western Russia, and Turkey with General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks As delegate of the Boston Board of Trade to the opening of the Suez canal, first met Count Ferdinand de Lesseps
  • 1872: Bowles Brothers and Co., of which Appleton was a member, collapsed with serious injury to his personal fortune
  • 1875: Delegate, conference of the association for the codification and reform of the law of nations, Hague, Netherlands
  • 1877: Published Centennial Movement, 1876: A comedy in Five Acts. Boston: Lockwood, Brooks President, Free Trade Conference, Saratoga, N.Y.
  • 1878: Delegate, International Congress for the Unification of Weights, Measures, and Coinage, Paris, France
  • 1879: Delegate, Interfic Canal Congress, Paris, France Elected president, United States Board of Trade
  • 1880: Interpreter for Count Ferdinand de Lesseps on his tour of the United States
  • 1881 - 1888 : American agent, Panama Canal Co.
  • 1895: Traveled throughout Latin America
  • 1887: Married Jeannette Ovington (separated 1889; divorced 1906)
  • 1896: Visited Hawaii
  • 1899: Member, Board of Overseers, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1904: Published Russian Life and Society as Seen in 1866-'67 by Appleton and Longfellow. Boston: [Press of Murray and Emery]
  • 1905: Assisted at the peace conference culminating in the Treaty of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • 1906, Aug. 25: Died, Boston, Mass.

From the guide to the Nathan Appleton Papers, 1850-1904, (bulk 1876-1902), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906. Letters received, ca. 1870-1883. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. Papers of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1841-1911. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Appleton family. Appleton family papers, 1539-1941, bulk: 1795-1916. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Nathan Appleton Papers, 1850-1904, (bulk 1876-1902) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906. Scrapbooks, 1845-1895, bulk: 1859-1895. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906. Nathan Appleton papers, 1850-1904 (bulk 1876-1902). Library of Congress
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Phillips, Charles A., fl. 1863-1864. Charles A. Phillips letters, 1863-1864 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Appleton, Nathan, 1843-1906. Correspondence, 1850-1899. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. Letter from Charles W. Eliot to Nathan Appleton regarding the ivy on Appleton Chapel, 5 Oct. 1900. Harvard University, Archives
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
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associatedWith Angell, George T. (George Thorndike), 1823-1909. person
associatedWith Appleton family. family
associatedWith Appleton family. family
associatedWith Appleton family. family
associatedWith Appleton, Harriot Coffin Sumner, 1802-1867. person
associatedWith Appleton, Nathan, 1779-1861. person
associatedWith Appleton, Thomas Gold, 1812-1884. person
correspondedWith Bacon, Edwin M. (Edwin Munroe), 1844-1916 person
associatedWith Barnard, Frederick A. P. (Frederick Augustus Porter), 1809-1889. person
correspondedWith Belknap, George E. (George Eugene), 1832-1903 person
associatedWith Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922. person
correspondedWith Bellamy, Edward, 1850-1898 person
correspondedWith Bergh, Henry, 1811-1888 person
associatedWith Bowen, Francis, 1811-1890. person
associatedWith Bullock, Alexander H. (Alexander Hamilton), 1816-1882. person
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correspondedWith Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940 person
associatedWith Crapo, William Wallace, 1830-1926. person
correspondedWith Curtin, Andrew Gregg, 1817-1894 person
associatedWith Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903. person
correspondedWith Draper, John William, 1811-1882 person
associatedWith Eliot, Charles William, 1834-1926. person
associatedWith Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882. person
associatedWith Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901. person
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Felton, C. C. (Cornelius Conway), 1807-1862. person
associatedWith Fields, Annie, 1834-1915. person
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correspondedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Ives, Halsey Cooley, 1847-1911. person
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associatedWith Lesseps, Ferdinand de, 1805-1894. person
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associatedWith Paris Universal Exposition of 1878. corporateBody
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associatedWith Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915. person
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associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866. person
correspondedWith Spooner, John C. (John Coit), 1843-1919 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Tourjée, Eben, 1834-1891. person
associatedWith Warren, William, 1812-1888. person
associatedWith Welsh, John, 1805-1886. person
correspondedWith Whitney, Anne, 1821-1915 person
associatedWith Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1809-1894. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Panama Canal (Panama)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Boston (Mass.)
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Central America
United States
Free trade
Weights and measures
Intracoastal waterways
Voyages and travels
Tariff--United States
Army officers


Birth 1843

Death 1906



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SNAC ID: 41321967